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Things To Come - Wellington Film Society

Things To Come - Wellington Film Society

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  • Mon 30 Apr ’18, 6:15pm – 8:00pm


Embassy Theatre, 10 Kent Terrace, Mt Victoria, Wellington


All Ages Licensed

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  • Members Free: $0.00
  • 12-month Membership: $120.00

William Cameron Menzies, UK, 1936, 100 minutes PG.

A landmark collaboration between writer H. G. Wells, producer Alexander Korda, and designer and director William Cameron Menzies, Things to Come is a science fiction film like no other, a prescient political work that predicts a century of turmoil and progress. Skipping through time, Things to Come bears witness to world war, disease, dictatorship, and, finally, utopia.

Vincent Korda, the film's production designer, turned to his fellow Hungarian émigré, László Moholy-Nagy, who was then living in London, to design the sets, which feature extraordinary curved atria criss-crossed by sky bridges, with elevators in glass tubes rising through them.

(The sets also prefigured the spiralling interior of Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim museum in New York.) In this vision of the future, the house has disappeared, the living is communal. This world more closely resembles one of John Portman's vast Atlanta hotels than a conventional house of the future. It is a common future fantasy, part communitarian dream, part nightmare, in which privacy and ownership have been lost. - Edwin Heathcote, Financial Times

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